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I've been working on squeezing the last bits out of my summer.… 
15th-Aug-2010 11:31 am
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I've been working on squeezing the last bits out of my summer.

Wednesday, I had a mom date. We've been doing something about once a week since I've been off for the summer. This week was supposed to be the planetarium, but after all weekend in the car, I wasn't up to driving down to Chapel Hill and back, so I asked her if we could just hang around here. This ended up being a good call: she was having a fuzzy day, and it was hot as hell. We played Phase 10 and Uno, and she wanted lunch from McD's (no hating; what the mom wants, she generally gets.) I wasn't all that hungry yet, but I checked their allergen info (and kudos to McD's for having the ingredients to everything online and easy to find) and even the grilled chicken is glutened, but I figured French fries would be safe enough, so I got some and didn't check the ingredients. Bad move:

French Fries:
Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK *(Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients).

Argh.

Mom went down for her nap around noon, I talked to my dad for a bit about the classes he's taking this fall (dear local university: how about adding a phd program to that amazing Masters of Liberal Studies program you have?), came home, and likely played WoW and talked to Ginger for the rest of the afternoon.

Thursday we ran around town with Hope and Faith, played Scrabbled, played Careers with Andrew, ate dinner at my parents.

Friday we drove down to Raleigh and had lunch at Cooper's with rhiannonstone and rao and nsj and hap and cbj and wilee and a pile of other folks. It was tasty, and it was lovely to see Misty and Paul. When we got home, I ran back over to my parents' for a bit to see Hope and Faith. Faith eventually had to take off, and I came home, and we made pizza for dinner and watched some TV-on-DVD (we've started Numb3rs, since we've run out of seasons on DVD of In Plain Sight and Big Bang Theory, and we've only got 1 disc left of Leverage before we're out of it. So far, we like it.)

Yesterday, there was some productivity (I unpacked a box! And worked on syllabuses and schedules and laundry and putting away clothes and stuff) and some not productivity (WoW) and chatting at Paul. We watched 2012 last night (short verdict: kudos for having people of color in some key roles; huge annoyance at "Hey, we completely left Africa out of this end of the world plan, but look! It's above the water, let's go take it over now!" Even though, alas, if this really went down, that's likly how'd play on the world's stage.; Also, can we get a plot besides "divorced dad is a bum and makes good"? Pretty people, decent effects, glad we watched it on DVD).)

Today, we were supposed to go have lunch with rao, but he's sick, so I'm going to work on some more school prep, and we've got some errands to run in town afternoon.

My semester technically starts at 1:30 on Tuesday, but I've got a benefits orientation session at 8:30 on Tuesday. Which is going to hurt. I've discovered this summer that a 1 to 9 sleep schedule actually means that I'm so tired by the time I get to bed that I actually, you know, sleep (like the dead, recently), but that's not workable this fall. I'll get it righted, but this week is going to be annoying. Last spring I was waking up on my own at 630, no alarm, and hopefully I can get back to that.
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